Youth Trends: Blogosphere on Rural India

Posted on May 13, 2010

After our first edition of Youth Trends where we talked about what the blogosphere was discussing about the Indian youth, we bring forth our next edition of Youth Trends and this time we are discussing rural India.

With the interests of the corporate world increasing in the rural market and the consurmer base growing their, rural India is certainly emerging as a trending topic. We present below the voice of the blogosphere on rural India.

  1. Rural to Urban Migration Associated With Increased Obesity and Diabetes Risk in India: ScienceDaily (May 3, 2010) – Migration from rural to urban areas is associated with increasing levels of obesity and is a factor driving the diabetes epidemic in India, according to a new study published in PLoS Medicine. India, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a diabetes epidemic. Diabetes has increased in urban areas of India from 5% to 15% between 1984 and 2004. (read more)
  2. Inventor improves clean water access in rural India:Dr. BP Agrawal has won the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, and for good reason! He’s innovated a new rainwater harvesting system for communities in India:Aakash Ganga (AG) is one of the signature innovations that Dr. BP Agrawal developed under Sustainable Innovations (SI), a non-profit organization. SI harvests innovations in systems, technologies and entrepreneurship to build holistically sustainable social enterprises. (read more)
  3. Lifeline Express, Hospital On Rails, Brings Health Care To Rural India:
    In India, a country with a public health care system that is dangerously overstretched, large parts of the country have limited or no access to basic medical care. This is not a unique problem in developing nations, but in India the situation is especially dire. The Wall Street Journal reports that government spending on health, at 3 percent, is among the lowest in the world. (read more)
  4. India’s Rural Cell Movement: Can You Hear Me Now?
    Last time I was in India I wrote about the amazing business model innovation that had allowed telecom operators to make money on a paltry $6 a month per average user. That compares to a desired average monthly payment of $50 or more in the U.S.

    The results have been phenomenal–550 million people in India have phones, and it has transformed the poorer service economy by giving them an affordable way to be reached and arrange jobs. (read more)

  5. Duron: How to Sell Plug-&-Play Solar to Rural India
    A startup based in Bangalore, India, is selling an off-the-shelf device for less than the cost of a one-night stay in an average hotel in downtown San Francisco that can offer rural Indians a way to generate and store solar power, charge cell phones and other appliances, and run a set of LED lights. The startup is 2-year-old Duron, and the device, also called the Duron, retails for about 5,999 rupees, or around $130, John Howard, Duron’s co-founder and president, explained to me on a Skype call interview. (read more)
  6. Irrigation Systems in India Decrease Monsoon Rainfall:
    Monsoon rainfall, researchers have found, is decreasing in parts of rural India where irrigation systems have been used to support agricultural production. At the same time, rainfall is increasing in heavily-developed urban areas.
    Based on more than 50 years of rainfall data, a new study conducted at Purdue University has uncovered one possible reason for this shift that has serious implications for India, and the world.
    Dr. Dev Niyogi, associate professor of agronomy and earth and atmospheric sciences, explained: (read more)
  7. India: Corruption Of Rural Teachers
    Lekhni at The Imagined Universe talks about an ingenious method of corruption by some teachers from rural areas of India – they bribe to get themselves suspended from their jobs so that “they would keep receiving 50 per cent of the monthly salary (without working) and pursue other lucrative jobs.” (read more)
  8. India’s Barefoot Solar Engineers Are Building a Brighter Future
    Throughout India there are many rural villages that are completely removed from the grid. With no source of power for cooking, light, and heating they currently must rely on firewood, kerosene or diesel for fuel. Now green jobs are blossoming throughout these remote areas as the Orissa Tribal Empowerment & Livelihoods Programme trains women and youth to become barefoot solar engineers. This brilliant initiative provides a bright future for the semi-literate and illiterate rural poor by teaching them to harness the sun through the construction of photovoltaic systems and solar powered lanterns. (read more)

In the coming weeks, Youth Ki Awaaz will bring more such enriching content from around the blogosphere.

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